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Belgrade Media Report 21 January 2022

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United Nations Office in Belgrade
Daily Media Highlights
Friday 21 January 2022

• Brnabic: Government revokes spatial plan for Jadar (Tanjug/RTS)
• Rio Tinto voices concern over statements by Serbian government officials (Tanjug/Beta)
• Dacic: Friendly relations between Serbia and Venezuela (RTV/Tanjug)
• Dacic: I will not run for president so as not to endanger Vucic (TV Pink/Beta)
• Petkovic: We continue to fight for “Brezovica” (TV Tanjug)
• RIK: 59.59 percent of voters voted “yes” in Serbian referendum (Tanjug)


Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Power: US has shown we will not hesitate to act against those who pursue corruption, destabilization and division at expense of citizens of this country (O Kanal)
• Kovacevic criticizes Power’s statements regarding RS and its representatives (Nova BH)
• Spiric states moratorium on so-called Inzko’s law is sufficient for return to institutions of B&H (Srna/BN TV)
• RS ruling coalition preparing proposal that might serve as solution to ongoing crisis in B&H (Glas Srpske)
• Izetbegovic says there is no agreement on meeting of leaders of three peoples with Presidents of Turkey and Serbia, B&H will be represented by institutions (Dnevni list)
• Analysts say dialogue between representatives of peoples in resolving crisis in B&H is not option for Bosniaks because they still do not give up on idea of civic state (RTRS)
• Sattler: US and EU are ready to provide necessary support next week; Elections will take place on 5 October (Dnevni avaz)
• New final round of negotiations on changes to B&H Election Law expected to begin on Monday; HNS puts forward its proposal which has been assessed as discriminatory (N1)
• CEC asks for OHR’s help in solving the issue with financing of elections (Glas Srpske)
• Western Balkans important to Macron in security context (Hina)
• PM says Croatia to respond “clearly and resolutely” if Russia attacks Ukraine (Hina)
• Government seeks shortening of parliament’s mandate (CdM)
• Elections suit government now that it’s about to fall (CdM)
• There is no place for the DPS on the road to the EU (RTCG)
• Spajic meets Escobar (Gov. Press service)
• US Embassy: We have no position on the proposals regarding the composition of the government (CdM)
• Details of Krivokapic’s letter to Porfirije: Part of the Fundamental Agreement is not in accordance with the Law on Freedom of Religion (CdM)
• Protests against the minority government held in several cities (RTCG)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Grubi: Even if there is no technical government, there will be an Albanian Prime Minister (Sloboden pecat)
• Kovacevski hopes to improve relations with Bulgaria by early summer (Republika)
• Work begins / NATO air base in Kucova; Peleshi: Message for actors with rival intentions in the Western Balkans (Radio Tirana)
• Rama: Kucova air base increases our political and military role! (Radio Tirana)
• US Embassy shares details on new NATO base in Kucova (ADN)
• Military ships from Albania and the USA, manoeuvre operations in the Adriatic (Radio Tirana)
• President Meta decrees date for local by-elections (ADN)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 21, 2022

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, January 21, 2022

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 2,943 new cases, one death (media)
• Kosovo commemorates 16th anniversary of Ibrahim Rugova’s death (Express)
• U.S. Ambassador’s video address: Kosovo has achieved a lot for these 13 years (RTK)
• The Assembly approves five international agreements (KosovaPress)
• Kosovo Army soon will get its first helicopters, says Deputy Minister of Defence (Express)
• LDK does not exclude protests against increase of electricity price (media)
• Ambassadors Minzhozi and Hovenier talk about political developments in Kosovo (media)
• Heated debate between Murati and Hoti on a loan to finance social schemes (Ekonomia)
• New anti-COVID measures to enter into force tomorrow (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Petkovic: International community without adequate reactions, election will be held on April 3 (Kosovo-online)
• Peoples’ Party: Carelessness of authorities for appropriation of Serbian property in Kosovo (Radio KIM)
• Petkovic: We have not handed over Brezovica, we continue fighting (Radio KIM)
• Kosovo-online says portal Siri endangers safety of their journalists by publishing ungrounded accusations (Kosovo-online)
• France, Germany support Serbia on path to EU (N1)
• First flurona case confirmed in Serbia (N1)
• Brnabic: Administrative acts related to Rio Tinto Company abolished (B92, Tanjug)
• Rio Tinto very concerned over Serbian PM’s statement (N1)


• Afghans Housed at Military Base in Kosovo Risk Being Denied Entry to U.S. for Alleged Terrorist Ties (Wall Street Journal)
• NATO Dismisses Russian Demand to Withdraw from Romania, Bulgaria (Balkan Insight)
• Erdogan’s Withdrawal from Istanbul Convention ‘Illegal’, Top Prosecutor Says (Balkan Insight)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, January 21, 2022

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• COVID-19: 2,708 new cases, one death (media)
• Kosovo considers new measures in light of increasing COVID-19 cases (media)
• In Athens, Gervalla urges Greece to recognise Kosovo (media)
• U.S. Ambassador at OSCE: Kosovo sets terms for elections of other states in its territory (media)
• Konjufca: Kosovo has nothing more to give to Vucic (Telegrafi)
• AAK-sponsored resolution on electricity price not approved by Assembly (RTK)
• PSD to stage protest next week against electricity price increase (media)
• Mehaj: NATO’s base in Kucove, show of commitment to peace and stability in region (media)
• Kosovo Public Broadcaster Board Sacks Director for Negligence (BIRN)
• After Ban, Kosovo’s Crypto Miners Weigh Options (BIRN)

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